New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Thursday that more funds are needed to provide vital aid to the hundreds of thousands of refugees in Cote d’Ivoire.
OCHA, in a statement issued at the UN headquarters in New York, also called for the mobilization of donor support to help those who require assistance to return to their villages and rebuild their lives.
It noted that, "there are currently more than 194,000 internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in Cote d’Ivoire, with at least 25,000 living in camps. In addition, there are 187,000 refugees in neighbouring countries, with 160,000 living in Liberia alone.
"At present, the emergency humanitarian action plan created for the country and its neighbouring states in December last year is funded at only 31 per cent, representing US$ 91 million out of an initial request of US$ 292 million," it stated.
The statement also quoted UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Cote d'Ivoire, Ndolamb Ngokwey, as saying that, "it is very important to assist the Ivorian IDPs and refugees to return home in dignity and in an atmosphere of security."
According to him, "Support from the humanitarian community is essential in meeting the needs of these populations and those in other communities affected by the post-election crisis."
The statement further said that Ngokwey was part of an OCHA delegation which recently embarked on a week-long visit to London, Geneva, Paris and Brussels to raise funds for humanitarian action in the country.
It also added that the Ivorian Minister of Employment, Solidarity and Social Affairs, Gilbert Kafana Kone, who was also part of the delegation, expressed his gratitude to the support received so far by the humanitarian community since the beginning of the post-electoral crisis last year, which caused thousands to flee their homes.
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